Remember when we told you about Beauty Bar.com’s foray into the sampling world with the “Sample Society?” From the looks of the first box, this one appears every bit worth the attention. Samples included:
- Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream (1.6 oz)
- Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (.45 oz)
- REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask (15 ml)
- Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen (.14 oz)
- Oscar de la Renta Espirit D’Oscar Eau de Parfum Rollerball (.1 fl oz).
We remain obsessed with One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm, and this piece from the ladies at Birchbox has some AMAZING tips on how to use this wonder salve. Oh, and they’re selling it too! Yay! [Birchbox]
This video on how to do your brows, sans salon, is a must-watch. [Refinery 29]
Want.THIS. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Bronzer. [Saks]
A pregnant Alessandra Ambrosio without makeup….still unbelievably gorgeous! [US Weekly]
We’ve teamed up with Revlon in 2012 to deliver “how-to” videos every month! We kicked off March with the Smoky Eye. Check it out here, and don’t forget to enter our giveaway of the Revlon Photo Ready Eye Primer + Brightener.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Usually a mascara launch does not excite me but the upcoming launch of Guerlain’s Noir G mascara is a different story. How can you say no to this mascara based on its packaging alone? It is gorgeous, is it not?
Guerlain Noir G mascara makes its debut next month and if it’s packaging is any indication of its formula, we are in for a treat… as far as luxury mascaras go. Guerlain says the formula delivers a “perfect 3-dimensional look” with volumizing, lengthening and curling benefits leaving lashes defined, denser and “cloaked in a new intensity”. What is even more interesting to me is that this is a refillable mascara. It retails for $49.00 initially but refills are a much more wallet friendly $26.00. We also love how Guerlain is thinking about ease of use in their products. First with Rouge Automatique, a lipstick you can apply with one hand and just one click. With Noir G, just pull on the case and with a click, the hidden mirror is revealed. Then add a quick twist and the brush appears.
Here’s a little more on the formula straight from Guerlain:
- Ultra Black Pigments: these carbon black pigments offer an unprecedented level of intense black. The optimal size of these pigments allows for a better dispersion within the formula while a magnifying effect amplifies the intensity and depth of the black and the glossy finish. These are the purest black pigments that can be found in mascara.
- Volumizing, Lengthening, Curling formula: The formula plumps and thickens every lash, the stretch formula allows the mascara to lengthen even the smallest lashes and then the curling formula coats lashes in a protective film to maximise and set the curl.
- Artemia Salina: helps to regenerate lashes by stimulating keratin for fortification and lash growth.
- Polymer Film fixes the formula from daybreak to the end of the night, preventing the formula from smudging or flaking.
Noir G will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Bergdorf Goodman counters in January. Are you splurging on this?
It’s safe to say that Guerlain’s Midnight Star Collect’or Extraordinary Radiance Treatment is unlike any other primer I’ve ever tried. Or seen for that matter. In fact, it’s not really even a primer, but rather a skincare treatment for the face. Tiny capsules are housed inside what appears to be a magic wand. And I actually believe these capsules may have some magical powers.
Inside the capsule is a pearlescent gel that is intended for use all over the face to revive skin, dispel signs of fatigue and stress that build up throughout the day. In other words, this is your holiday party face in a capsule. But, it can also be used during the day (perhaps the morning after a holiday soiree!) I tried this one morning that I felt tired and washed out, and honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. But my face transformed before my eyes over the course of my makeup routine.
I am a sucker for packaging. Show me a beautifully presented beauty product and if I have enough money in my checking account, I will gladly hand over my debit card. Guerlain’s Imperial Holiday collection is one collection I’d gladly hand over my debit card for, with a presentation like this how could you not? The Imperial Holiday collection was designed to celebrate opulence and capture the brilliance and luminosity of precious stones and fabrics then translate that into a makeup collection.
I’d say Guerlain definitely reached their objective. With packaging this gorgeous, I’d be more inclined to collect this collection rather than use it! Let’s check out the rest of the collection.
Ladies, pay attention! This Splurge vs. Steal has us a little excited over in Product Girl land. The contenders: Guerlain Meteorites and Victoria’s Secret Luminous Face Powder Gems.
Guerlain Meteorites could be considered by some to be the makeup equivalent of one of the seven wonders of the world. They packaging is to die and so is the product itself. They are powdered pearls that work to give you a perfect complexion by brightening, lightening and evening your skin tone. And don’t even get me started on the beauty of the Meteorites that Guerlain released with their 2009 holiday collection. Suffice it to say, they are on my wish list big-time. But at $53, we’re definitely in splurge territory.
Next we have the Victoria’s Secret Luminous Face Powder Gems from the new Heidi Klum Exotic Jewels collection. These are also illuminating powder pearls that brighten your skin tone and give you that lit-from-within glow. The pearls are a mix of plum, pink and gold – and on my fair skin tone, are best used as a blush. At $22, these are a steal! I picked these up last week and have been wearing it as a blush daily. I am in love with this product – it gives my cheeks a rosy glow and the packaging is gorgeous. It’s a sturdy cardboard and the pattern is, as the collection indicates, very exotic.
The final verdict? Both of these products are amazing – but the Victoria’s Secret Face Powder Gems are a steal! Have you tried either? Share your thoughts below!
I really should have my debit and credit cards taken away from me with all the products I have but I’m really debating getting this cute new Guerlain Volga Princess Eyes and Lips Palette.
This palette just screams cute, does it not? From the beautiful print on the packing and inside on the product to the gorgeous 2 shades of eyeshadow and lipgloss inside, it’s just begging to come home and cozy up to the rest of my stash. This palette is limited edition, so you know what that means… act quickly! It’s also an “online only” item so that comes with a bit of hesitation in my case… I usually like to touch and feel something before I buy it.
What are you lusting after right now? Tell me all about it in the comments.
When I saw the Guerlain Travel Makeup Palette in the Paris airport duty free shop, I picked it up without giving it much thought. At $48 Euros (roughly $61 US Dollars), this was my most expensive purchase. With the 5 eyeshadows, 2 lipsticks, 1 blush, 1 face powder and 1 mascara it has, I thought I had everything I needed for a full face on the go.
Well, sort of. I love the design of the palette, it’s pretty small and has a ton of stuff in it. It’s a little longer than a credit card and about 1/2″ thick. When you open it up, the top portion slides out to reveal the powder, blush and mascara below. You have to appreciate that this palette is definitely convenient. If you were traveling, you wouldn’t need much more to complete your look.
That’s not to say this palette is all roses though. Luckily the face powder works with my skin tone, the blush is a shade I can wear and the lip colors are versatile. What is disappointing about this palette though is the eyeshadows they included. At first glance these eyeshadows seem pretty, the shades lean towards the pink side more than the neutral side and I was fine with that when I picked this up. When I actually went to use them, I found that only 2 of the 5 shades seemed usable… that would be the 3rd and 4th from the left.
The remaining shades are a bit of a mess for me. Ordinarily these would be beautifully shimmery shades with the last one featuring more chucky sparkles than the rest but unfortunately they just didn’t blend well during usage. They do not seem to be milled as finely as they should be so they appear somewhat chunky on the skin. That’s a look I’m not really that fond of. The bottom line is you can say I’m suffering from a little buyer’s remorse with Guerlain’s Travel Makeup Palette.